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Completely without foreigners will not work

The grand shipbuilding project of Rosneft in the Far East is being implemented with the participation of overseas partners

Despite the fact that Russia, in the face of a sharp cooling of political relations with the West, has taken a decisive course towards import substitution in all spheres of the domestic economy, the grandiose project to create a shipbuilding cluster in the Far East will not do without the participation of foreign partners and technologies, including American ...

Completely without foreigners will not work
This was announced on December 18 in Vladivostok by the head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, at a joint meeting of two government commissions - on import substitution and issues of socio-economic development of the Far East and the Trans-Baikal region.

“In order to improve the efficiency of the shipyard under construction and to obtain the necessary technologies, Rosneft is cooperating with a wide range of technology partners - world leaders in the main segments of shipbuilding,” the head of the largest Russian oil company informed the meeting participants. According to him, cooperation, in particular, will be carried out with the oldest American company, one of the leaders in the world instrument making - General Electric (DE). On the territory of Bolshoy Kamen, DE localizes two of its production facilities at once. The first plant is for the manufacture of arctic-class propellers (for equipping icebreaker-type vessels under construction at the shipyard). The second is for the production of ship electrical equipment.

On the basis of DE technologies, Zvezda SC will also produce dynamic positioning systems, power equipment (diesel engines for ships and ship platforms), power control and distribution systems, and automation of lifting and transport equipment.

To provide the Zvezda shipbuilding complex with various types of cranes, as a result of a competitive selection, Rosneft chose three candidates so far - foreign companies: Konekrenis, Hyundai and Kosko.

The construction of the launching dock (designed by specialists from the domestic design bureau Monolit) will most likely be outsourced to companies from China or Singapore, since the Russians are asking twice for their services, Sechin said.

He also said that agreements have already been signed on the acquisition of competencies for the design and construction of ships for the service fleet - with the Singapore company Keppild and the Dutch company Daming.

Recall that according to the plan of the Russian leadership, a shipbuilding cluster in the Far East should be formed before the early twenties around the Zvezda plant in the town of Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Territory. For the first time in the industrial history of Russia, a large-tonnage fleet and marine equipment will be built here for the needs of the oil and gas and transport industries (gas carriers, icebreakers, reconnaissance platforms, technical support ships, storage vessels, etc.). Provision is made for the creation of production facilities and under orders from the fishing companies. The planned volume of investments is 145 billion rubles (today 22 billion rubles have already been invested in the project). The planned number of employed specialists is over 7 thousand people.

On behalf of President Vladimir Putin, the cluster being created is managed by CJSC Modern Shipbuilding Technologies (STS), a joint venture formed by a consortium of Rosneft and Gazprombank.

The Far Eastern Center for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair (DTSSS), a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, acts as a single center for placing orders for SK Zvezda for the construction of ships and marine equipment. The main customers so far are the giants of the Russian economy with state participation: Rosneft, Gazprom and Sovcomflot.

The production complex around the SC "Zvezda" is planned to be built by 2020 in three stages. As of the current moment, work on engineering surveys has been completed, preparatory work is underway to conclude an agreement for the supply of technological equipment for welding and assembly of steel structures of the first stage. From real cases: work on the installation of the supporting frame of the technological canopy has been completed, installation is being carried out in the block of hull production By the age of 15 cranes, technological equipment for painting booths has been supplied, cable lines are being laid, the issue of providing rented and service housing to invited specialists from other regions is being resolved (there is not enough qualified personnel in Bolshoy Kamen).

Despite the initial stage of creation of the shipyard itself, Rosneft has already ordered (through DTSSS) SK Zvezda the construction of four icebreakers and two reconnaissance platforms for work on the Arctic shelf.
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